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3 Warner Robins council members seeking re-election

WARNER ROBINS -- Three City Council members up for re-election this year all say they plan to seek another term.

Council members Mike Davis, Carolyn Robbins and Tim Thomas each confirmed July 22 that they are running for re-election. At least one council member will face opposition.

Betsy Loiacono, 42, said Friday that she is running for the Post 4 seat held by Thomas. She said in an email that she is running “due to a wide demand for better representation of the Post 4 position.”

Loiacono is a victim’s advocate in the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

In 2010 Loiacono ran unsuccessfully against Houston County Board of Education member Marianne Melnick. Loiacono won 36 percent of the vote

Not since Terry Horton was re-elected to the council a decade ago has an incumbent Warner Robins council member won an election.

Davis, Robbins and Thomas all said they have given voters good reason to return them to office. After years of turnover on the council, Davis said it’s time to have some continuity.

“We’ve got council in a better place than it was at when I went there four years ago,” Davis said. “The relationships are in a better place.”

Davis, 62, is a retired city firefighter. Robbins, 72, is a retired city clerk. And Thomas, 52, manages rental property. Robbins’ Post 2 seat is citywide, while Thomas’ Post 4 and Davis’ Post 6 represent specific districts. Robbins and Davis each were elected in 2011, while Thomas won a special election in 2013 to fill an unexpired term.

Thomas said the job of serving on the council takes much more time than most people realize, and more than he realized when he ran. He considered not seeking office again, he said, but he ultimately decided more needs to be done. He said morale on the council is much better than when he arrived.

“The council we have right now, we get along well,” he said. “We actually like each other.”

Like Davis and Thomas, Robbins cited several ongoing projects she would like to see to completion, including a new sports complex, City Hall renovation, city park improvements and others.

“I’d like to be there to see some of those projects completed,” she said.

Qualifying begins Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 4. The election will be held Nov. 3.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.